FEELING HOT HOT HOT?
CHILL OUT – 10 WAYS TO BEAT THE HEAT
Feeling hot and looking bothered? Dehydrated, tried skin, red faces, excessive perspiration and sleepless nights – all symptoms of our mini heat wave. While we are all enjoying the glorious weather, which looks set to continue over the weekend, it definitely makes the day-to-day beauty tasks just that little bit harder! But don’t sweat because here are our 20 expert tips and tricks to help you beat the heat and stay looking great
1 The easiest way to refresh your complexion is fast and free. Simply splash cold water on your face. Or keep your moisturiser in the fridge for one to two hours before applying for a refreshing, cooling treatment. Coolness constricts blood vessels, giving your skin a smoother, more toned look.
2 As heat and humidity rises the skin produces more oil and sebum, which can lead to clogged pores and blemishes. For an instant skin cooling and radiance boosting treatment Casmara Purifying Algae Peel off Face Mask (£9.99 boots.com) contains mint and when applied rapidly reduces skin temperature and unclogs pores.
3 For hot tired legs and ankles rub in Nelsons Arnicare Arnica Cooling Gel Skin Cooling Gel (£5.49 boots.com) contains natural grapefruit and menthol to instantly refresh and cool you down,
4 Skip heavy foundation or powder as it makes summer skin look mask-like. Instead, use a tinted moisturiser .It will even out any blotchiness while still letting skin show through. For a sun-kissed natural glow try Heliocare Gelcream Colour SPF50, (£23.50 effortlessskin.com) a tinted oil free formula, which hides imperfections and is suitable for all skin types. The gel texture is light on the skin and won’t clog pores as well as giving superior protection against burning rays.
5 If your skin is easily irritated and flares up during hot weather try changing your skincare. Bioderma Sensibio AR BB Cream SPF30 £14.50 contains plant extracts Gingko Biloba and Soy extract to stop flushed, red skin at the source as well as coated iron oxide pigments to cover flushed skin. During clinical trials skin flushing was reduced by 35 per cent. Or try Darphin’s INTRAL Redness Relief Soothing Serum £65 under your moisturiser which calms and soothes red and irritated skin leaving a more even toned complexion. For a more intensive boost book in for their Seriously Soothing Facial – the hour long treatment will reduce skin redness, strengthen broken capillaries, calm and soothe a reactive skin that feels like its on fire – from £100 darphin.co.uk
6 Three of the best skin ingredients for sun-ravaged skin include
Rosehip Oil – a deep hydrator and great for fighting signs of ageing and reducing photo-ageing- try Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (£ 16.50boots.com)– add a couple of drops to your normal moisturiser
Green Tea– a powerful antioxidant, good for protection against sun damage by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation. Try Olay Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive & Natural Gentle Moisturiser Night Cream (£9.99 boots.com) which works overnight to boost hydration and work on sun induced wrinkles
Vitamin C – one of our favourite ingredients in skincare – makes skin look plump and scientifically proven to have the ability to stimulate collagen production, as it protects your skin from free radicals. It’s also known as a go-to ingredient for helping to fade sunspots. Try Skeyndor Power C+ Pure C Concentrate (£36 skeyndor.co.uk) which can be applied at night to prevent and reverse sun damage
7 Keep a facial spritz handy. Facial mists hydrate skin, calm irritation, and cool skin instantly. Drinking water every day may not be enough to keep skin as hydrated as it needs to be. Infusing it with moisture is important to keeping premature signs of aging at bay as well as help with sunburn or irritated skin. You can even use it to set your makeup, soothe legs after shaving or treat sunburn. Try La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water (£7.50 boots.com) sourced from a spring in France, and packed with mineral-infused spring water that moisturizes and calms skin.
8 Heading for a sweaty meltdown? Few things are worse than feeling like you need another shower as soon as you’ve had one.
*Apply anti perspirants before bed, they work best when you’re not hot, also sweating rates are lower at night than in the morning.
* Excessive perspiration – Hyperhydrosis -can be easily treated with Botox. One treatment. will give guaranteed results and protection from embarrassing sweating within 2 days and results should last six to 12 months. . Botox injections are a fast, safe and proven treatment, which work by disabling the eccrine and apocrine glands to stop them producing and secreting sweat from the body. Can also be used for feet and hands (From £400 – 0207 436 4441)
*For a needle free alternative treat sweaty feet to a pair of SummerSoles Ultra Absorbent insoles (£6.50 prettypinktoes.co.uk) or Sweatguard underarm sweat pads (40 for £8.99 sweatguard.co.uk) which absorb moisture
*If you suffer from inner thigh chafing – dubbed chub rub – try dusting yourself with Jack Black Dry Down Friction Free Powder (£15.95 boots.com) an ultra fine talc free formula containing Pure Cornstarch to absorb moisture and prevent friction and Lavender and organic tea to calm skin or simply cut down an old pair of tights to mid thigh length to help prevent rubbing
9 What do Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba and Demi Moore have in common? They are all fans of Cryotherapy, a type of wellness treatment that involves subjecting yourself to freezing cold temperatures in order to reap a whole host of health and beauty benefits. For an alternative treatment try
*Ice Facial – this new 30-minute five step facial which hails from Switzerland, harnesses the power of plant stem cells in combination with sub zero temperatures to tighten and rejuvenate the skin. First the skin is cleansed and toned. Then a special ball of ice (from minus 18 to -30 Celsius is massaged over the face for five to ten minutes. This processshrinks the size of your pores boosts, circulation and tightens skin Next an ice cold liquid Cryostick containing freeze dried Acerola Secrets is smoothed over skin to regenerate and nourish followed by another ice ball massage to massage in the Cryostick ingredients. Finally a special Cryo moisturiser containing three plant stem cells is used. You’ll see instant results with brighter plumper skin and results improve after 12 hours. From £95 at Jill Zander Rejuvenation Clinic jillzander.co.uk
*Fat freezing uses cold instead of heat – called cryolopisyss – to break down the fat cells which the body. It’s a non- invasive treatment, and usually takes around an hour, has little downtime. During the weeks following treatment the destroyed cells are processed through your lymphatic system. Try ProShock best for small pockets of fat which are diet resistant. First, a small plate like device is placed directed onto the skin over the areas to be treated and then rapidly cooled. This crystallises the lipoids in the fat cells so they dissolve; Next, high-pressure acoustic waves are targeted over the treated areas to help tighten the skin.
Four to six treatments recommended ten days apart but you’ll see results after two and results carry on getting better. Best results seen three months after final treatments Fro £1500 for a course – 0207 436 4441
*At home incorporate ice cubes in your beauty routine Ice shrinks the size of your pores, smoothing your complexion and easing wrinkles. All you have to do is wrap a few ice cubes in a paper towel and rub it across your skin for a few minutes. If skin still looks lifeless, dip a flannel in a mix of milk and ice cubes, wring out the cloth, and place it on your face for five minutes, then rinse. The combination of the pH of the milk, plus the cold, makes for instant brightening. Or brew up a cup of green tea and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Once frozen wrap the cubes in a flannel and rub it gently over your skin and under your eyes to reduce puffiness. Another way to use ice to get rid of puffy eyes is to freeze wet cotton pads and place them over your eyes. To reduce facial blotchiness, suck on an ice cube. The top of the mouth contains nerves connected to the blood vessels in your face. By touching the nerves with ice, you are sending them a message to constrict helping to even skin tone.
10 Finally, be careful sipping fizzy fruity drinks in the sun Some chemicals in citrus fruits, like lemons and limes can increase sensitivity in skin and cancel out the chemicals in sunscreen so if you’re chilling around the pool, sipping cocktails reapply lip protection regularly (we wish!). Try Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defence Stick, SPF50, (£15 from most department stores)